Call the Midwife reached emotional heights tonight as it dealt with not only the Cuban Missile Crisis – but also the taboo subject of female genital circumcision.
It was introduced into the storyline with Valerie treating a pregnant Somali woman who had undergone FGM.
Viewers have applauded the drama for dealing with the issue with “sensitivity”, and have praised the BBC for not being afraid to talk about FGM and raising awareness of the issue.
Jeez wife and kids watching #callthemidwife a bold and brave move to tackle FGM.
— iain (@HeathenmofoIain) February 26, 2017
— Michelle Finney (@michellejfinney) February 26, 2017
— Laila Kielland (@LailaK76) February 26, 2017
— Rachael Stray (@Rachael_Stray) February 26, 2017
— Madeleine Hallward (@MHallward) February 26, 2017
— Ivy (@Ivy142814) February 26, 2017
— natasha m (@nrem511) February 26, 2017
— Rosh Mallaghan ?? (@roshbeth) February 26, 2017
This program does more good in one episode than politicians do in 10 years. FGM #callthemidwife
— Jonathan White (@Jon_fromWales) February 26, 2017
This FGM storyline is honestly the strongest storyline yet; god I'm so proud of this show #callthemidwife
— kayleigh? (@zosiasfranklin) February 26, 2017
— Susan Harries (@susiehcymru) February 26, 2017